Water Conservation / Restrictions

Water is our most important resource, and ensuring that it is conserved and protected is a responsibility of every member of the community.

Water conservation has become a top priority for the City as a lack of snowpack and spring rain has reduced water levels in the Cowichan River to critical levels during the summer months.

Stage 1 Watering Restrictions in Effect

*Stage 1 Water Restrictions apply until October 31st.

8 quick tips on conserving water

  1. Turn off the tap when you brush your teeth – this can save 6 litres of water per minute.
  2. Place a water displacement device in your toilet tank to reduce the volume of water used in each flush or purchase a water efficient toilet.
  3. Take a shorter shower or purchase a more efficient shower head. Old shower heads can use between 12 – 15 litres per minute. Efficient shower heads typically use 7 litres per minute. Stop by City Hall for your free Water and Energy Savings kit.
  4. Always use full loads in your washing machine and dishwasher.
  5. Fix a dripping tap. A dripping tap can waste 30 – 100 litres of water a day.
  6. Water your garden with a watering can rather than a hose. A standard hose uses 1,200 litres of water an hour. Mulching your plants (with bark chippings, heavy compost or straw).
  7. Fill a jug with tap water and place this in your fridge. This will mean you do not have to leave the cold tap running for the water to run cold before you fill your glass.
  8. Invest in water-efficient appliances when you need to replace household products.

To view the water use restrictions at a glance or to view the Frequently Asked Questions please click on the links below:

Water Conservation Policy
Water Conservation Tips
Water Leak Awareness Tips
Water Use Restrictions Chart
Water Use Restrictions FAQ
Waterworks Regulation Bylaw No. 3120, 2015